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Secret Gems in Southern Africa

If you’re hankering after something a little different, a little special for your next holiday, we have 10 secret gems that are truly lovely yet off the radar of most travellers. We’ve selected a range of quirky options, like Stellar Escapes, an exclusive seasonal camp offering thrilling desert encounters in Namibia’s Damaraland, to Babylonstoren, a 300-year-old Cape Dutch farm spread over 250 hectares of South Africa’s ravishing Winelands.

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Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge is a small and very special eco lodge secluded within the Manda Wilderness Conservation Area on the Mozambique shoreline of Lake Malawi, known locally as Lake Niassa. Set...

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Babylonstoren

A 300-year-old Cape Dutch farm spread over 250 hectares and soaked in history, Babylonstoren is a memorable taste of the region’s traditional culture. Thick whitewashed walls, simple four-poster beds and...

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Sindabezi Island

Sindabezi Island is the little sister property to Tongabezi Lodge, located on a speck of an island in the middle of the Zambezi River, a few kilometres downstream from Tongabezi....

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The Beach House

An extraordinary and impeccably styled 4-bedroom villa in one of the Garden Route’s most stunning and sought after islands: welcome to The Beach House, one of the most luxurious new...

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Xigera

Xigera in Setswana stands for ‘Paradise Island’ – aptly named given its picture perfect palm-fringed islands, crystal clear channels and papyrus beds.  From Xigera, safari outings are varied and hugely...

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Huab Under Canvas – Stellar Escape

Huab Under Canvas is an exclusive seasonal camp offering phenomenal luxury glamping and thrilling desert encounters, nestled in a grove of Mopane trees on the banks of a tributary of...

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Kanana Camp

Nestled in an intricately woven and watery landscape, you will find Kanana Camp.  A true Delta experience awaits, inhabited by a myriad of birdlife and wildlife unique to this exceptional...

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Tsala Treetop

Magical is almost an understatement when describing this collection of treetop lodges perched in an age-old indigenous forest. The delights begin at the entrance, flanked by water features, leading to...

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Meno a Kwena

Midway between the Okavango Delta and the spectacular Central Kalahari Game Reserve lies the quirky and charming Meno a Kwena, providing guests with a totally unique African wildlife experience. Each...

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Tuli Safari Lodge

Far from the Okavango and some 800kms to the South of the Okavango, lies the beautiful and untamed Northern Tuli Game Reserve.  Tucked in the easternmost corner of Botswana, it...

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